Pitkin County Commissioners on Wednesday approved an agreement with a regional wholesale provider of broadband services, Mammoth Networks, to be the network operator for Pitkin County’s forthcoming broadband initiative.

“This is an exciting step in the process of making high-speed internet service available for the unserved and underserved residents and visitors in Pitkin County by next spring or early summer,” said Commissioner Steve Child who lives in unincorporated Pitkin County along Capitol Creek Road. “My neighbors in Snowmass and Capitol Creek are chomping at the bit for high-speed internet.”

Mammoth Networks will maintain and install the infrastructure that will allow private internet service providers to offer 10, 25 and 40 megabit service packages to the public later this year. More information about how to sign up for service packages will be available in the coming months.

Pitkin County is not providing the high-speed internet service itself. The county’s mountaintop translator towers are being made available to private commercial internet service providers to facilitate their offering a variety of service packages to the public.

For more information about Pitkin County’s broadband initiative contact Michele McClinton at 970-429-6176 or michele.mcclinton@pitkincounty.com.